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THE STARKVILLE NEWS.
VOLUME IV. I A RISKY ACT I Of FRIENDSHIP By BERTRAM VERAY i J REX DORNEY and I had been col lege chums, and five years after graduating he departed suddenly for Europe, and caused great wonder ment and gossip among his friends and associates. Nobody seemed to know' why he had gone, and his lady friends, especially, were extremely perplexed. Now, after an absence of a year or more, he had returned to his home, in New Lon don, Conn., and his friendly intimacy with me was renewed. On a warm day in June we w'erc out boating on the Thames, near New London, and during a resting spell I noticed his deep abstraction. “A penny for your thoughts, old fel low,” I said. Rex started, and looked at me curi ously. “Do you really want to know what I was thinking?” he asked. There was a ring of earnestness in his tone. “Certainly—if you care to tell me,” I replied. For a moment he paused, and puffed industriously at his cigar. Then he said, abruptly: “Jack, did you hear any rumor —any reason as to why I went off to Eu rope so suddenly?” “Well, old fellow,” I said, hesitating ly. “I— I did hear some yarn or other, but. of course, I knew it w r as all rot.” “What was it you heard?” “Oh, nothing much, old fellow. Something I’d rather not fell you — something I didn’t believe, anyway.” “But I want to know. Jack, w’hat did you hear?” He put the question almost fiercely. “Well, since you’re bent on know ing. Rex,” I answered. “it was that your sudden departure was caused —er —had something to do with —er —Mrs. Verne.” “Ah! So it leaked out. then! Con found it!” and he frowned. I turned my gaze from his face, and carefully examined the ash on the end of my cigarette. I didn’t want Rex to think I was anxious to pry into his private affairs. For a few moments neither of us spoke. Then Rex said, in a low voice: “Jack, what you heard was true. It was on account of —of Mrs. Verne that I left New Haven so hurriedly.” “It was true?” I echoed in astonish ment. for the story I had heard had not sounded altogether pleasant. “Yes. Jack Reynolds, quite true. And. look here, old fellow. I don’t care much what the rest think of me, but you—well, you understand —we’ve been chums so long now. and perhaps I owe it to myself as well as to you to explain matters. I want you to know why I did something which nine ty-nine men out of a hundred would characterize as ‘caddish.’ ” “I should find it difficult to believe you capable of anything caddish, Rex,” I said, warmly, Rex took his cigar from his lips, and looked at it thoughtfully. “I think.” he said, at length, “that you knew Mrs. Verne, before she was married —when she was Violet Wray.” I nodded. “And you knew that I —l loved her?” he asked, in a low voice. “I guessed it, old fellow,” I said, quietly. “And Verne loved her too —in his way. His love was returned —mine was not.” Once more his cigar under went a critical survey. Then he con tinued: “Less than six months after they were married, that which I had feared —badly feared —happened. The nov elty. the glamour —call it what you will —began to wear off. Not with her — she loved him as devotedly as ever, as only a wife can love; but he —he went back to his books —his literary work, from which her beauty and love Titles Huckstered. Advertisement in the London Times: “Titles of Nobility—Foreign Decora tions and Orders procured for Gentle men of means without publicity; re plies by letter only requested from serious persons. Apply, etc.” Side Features of Golf. An lowa preacher claims that he can play golf without using profane lan guage. There are others who can do chat, but thd important thing is to be able to play the game without think ing profane thoughts. STARKVILLE, MISS., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2D, 1905. had lured him f®r a time, and she was fast becoming that saddest of all sad women —a neglected wife!” “It was rough treatment,” 1 ob served, as Rex paused. “Every time I called,” he went on, speaking more rapidly, “I saw' her get ting paler and thinner. Not that she ever complained—she was too loyal, too proud for that. But I read the truth from her eyes, and I noticed that he was rarely with her. Day after day he would retire to his study, giving orders that he was not to be disturbed, and frequently, I know, his meals were taken to him there. His ambi tion to take a high place in the world of literature was slowly but surely kill ing his love for her, and far worse” —his voice dropped to little more than a whisper—“l saw it was slowly but surely killing her.” “I suppose it wasn’t necessary for Verne to work like that?” I said, in terrogatively. “No, no,” 'Rex replied, quickly. “Verne has a large private income, and need never do a stroke. It was ambi tion, pure and simple, and she was fading and drooping because of it. “For weeks I cudgeled my brains, wondering how I could help her —but the gulf between them grew steadily wider, and I was powerless to bridge it. It was worse than torture to see her wasting away, dying—literally dy ing by inches —and I determined to do something to save her. But what? That was the question, i\t last, in desperation, I decided to write to her, telling her all that was in my heart. How I had seen her husband’s neglect, had watched her growing pale and thin, and how I longed to take her away from it all. and, by my love and de votion, bring hack the roses to her cheeks, and happiness to her life. Yes. Jack. I know' it was caddish —I can see you think so, but I —l loved her!” “God forbid that I should judge you, old fellow'.” I said, gently. Then, in a low tone, he continued: “But I’ve more to tell you. Jack. The same day that I wrote to her, I had occasion to write to Verne. A lit tle business matter —some mining shares in which we both were inter ested —and listen! I know you’ll think me a fool! I placed the letters in their wrong envelopes!” “Good heavens, old man!” I ex claimed. “what an awful mistake!” “Mistake? Mistake be hanged! I did it intentionally!” “Intentionally?” I almost gasped. “But why?” A curious smile hovered round his lips for a moment. Then he said, dryly: “Jack, you’ve less penetration than I gave you credit for. My dear fellow, don’t you see? My object was to make Verne jealous! It was the only chance for —for her!” “But wasn’t* it rather risky?” I asked. Rex shook his head slowly. “I don’t thin!: so. old fellow —not with a man of Verne’s temperament. Besides, he knew —he must have known —that .she was too true, too pure, to be false. It was not in her nature. He could see that the letter was to her as unwelcome as it was unexpected, and —as I had prayed it should be —he saw that I alone was to blame. Yes, Jack” —and there was a note of triumph in his voice now —“my object was achieved. That let ter opened Verne’s eyes to things to which his ambition had previously blinded him.” For some moments there was si lence. Rex w’as gazing absently across the w'ater at a pair of sw’ans, w'hile I watched a bank of w'hite, fleecy clouds steal slowly up from the w'est. “I’m glad you’ve told me, old fel low',” I said, at last. “Is that all?” “Very nearly. Verne came round to see me that evening, but I needn’t go into details as to what passed be tween us. He wanted no assurance from me to prove that his w’ife was blameless —she had convinced him of that. The end of it was that I prom ised to leave the country >at once, stay away for a year, and never write or speak to her again. But that’s not Floored by Wire. A lineman at Reno. Nev., came in contact with a heavily-charged wire at the top of a 60-foot elecinc light pole and fell to the ground. When he recovered consciousness, ho wished lo return to work at once, but was per suaded to call it a day. * Monkey Talk Expensive. Prof. Garner is going back to Africa to resume his studies in the monkey languages. It is expensive to study a monkey language. The cost to the pro- the worst of It, Jack” —his voice ha€ grown suddenly hoarse—“the hardest of all to bear is—what she must think of me,” and he sighed heavily. “Any how, I’m glad I’ve told you—l think it has done me good. God knows I thought only of her —that I acted as I did only for her happiness. I’m banished from her forever, so it could hardly have been for mine.” A look of unutterable sadness stols into his eyes. “Poor old Rex!” I murmured, softly. “And yet, old man,” he said, “I would do it all over agajn to-morrow. For they tell me” —the note of triumph had come back to his voice—“that, she and her husband are always together now. She’s no longer neg lected, there are roses in her cheeks, and they say she’s the happiest wife in the world. And that is all I wanted —that is my reward.” He had pushed the boat out into the stream as he spoke. “Most men would think it a strange reward, old fellow,” I said, reflective ly. “But it was certainly a risky act of friendship.”—N. Y. Weekly. RHODODENDRONS WASTED. Native Woods Are Devastated to Plant the Millionaire’s Hillsides. There is one plant which everybody knows and appreciates, viz., rhododen dron. Small wonder that every million aire wants to own a hill side and cover it with rhododendrons, for they are the most gorgeous flowering hardy scrubs the world has ever known, says the Gar den Magazine. They have no fragrance or sentiment, as a rose has; the individ ual flowers are only one inch and a half across, and the clusters may contain less than a dozen blossoms, but when you get a solid bank five feet high and fifteen feet across, of rhododendron flowers set off by their thick, waxy, lus trous, dark green, immortal-lookingfoli age, it needs only one look to understand why people plant them in such quan tities —by the carload! * But alas! they perish by the carload, too. And one of the crudest things a man can do is to drag up rhododendrons, azaleas or laurel from the woods, trans plant them with no more cark than a de ciduous shrub receives, put them in full sunlight and watch them sicken and die. All these broad-leaved evergreens are slow growers, shade lovers, haters of stagnant moisture, extremely sensitive to drought and sure to suffer if they are exposed to full sunshine during sudden warm spells in winter. THE MEETING. I ofton ponder how, when first we met. We did not speak as strangers. To her eyrs Met bought there leaped a luster of sur prise - As leaps the smoldering f.ame that storm winds fret. Vanished the years—l saw an island set In sapphire seas and under sapphire skies, Where wandered two in most ecstatic wise. Meshed by the love-god in his golden net. In ages dead—thus said the portraiture Of dream—you won her, trembled to her kiss; Ah, would I might divine, through omen sure. That there again would dawn an hour like this. Then would all other joys fade, pale and poor.* And no bar be unto the bourn of bliss! —Clinton Scollard, in Ainslee’s. “Right of Life” League. The latest movement on the part of the famous French Socialistic league, known as the Right to Life, is the for mation of a demand that the govern ment decree the distribution of free bread every day of the year to as many persons as may ask for it. This, ac cording to M. Hugues and the present petitioners, w'ould at least abolish hun ger throughout France once for all. Would Abolish Autos. N Missouri are asking for a law F to prohibit the running of auto mobiles outside of St. Louis and Kan sas City. It is now in order for the Missouri automobilists to demand a law which will compel the farmers of that state to drive nothing but s:dat9 old mares. fessor thus far has been nearly SI,OOO a word, and to the cold, calculating judgment of the unscientific person the words he has picked up do not seem to be worth it. Travels of a Cent. A penny Is estimated to change hands about 125,000 times in the course of its life. Just for a Change. This would be a dreary world indeed if there were no rainoowa to chase oo casionally. NEW JEWISH SYNAGOGUE TO EE ERECTED IN CHICAGO. This $50,000 structure will be the largest and most complete house of worship for orthodox Jews west of New York city, and will be put up by the Aquad'at Achem congregation. THE SCHOOLS OF JAPAN. Over 27,000 of Thera with 108,360 Teachers and 5,084,039 Children. The Frankfurter Zeitung, in a let ter from Tokio, publishes interesting data on education in Japan from the official “White Book." The number of public schools in Japan is at present 27,138, in which 5,084,090 children are taught by 108,- 3GO teachers; 93.23 per cent, of all the children of school ago went to these schools. In 1873 29 per cent, of school age children went to the public schools; in 1883 51 per cent., and in 1893, 59 per cent. A rapid increase in attendance is noted after the Chi nese war. The percentage of attend ance of boys compared with that of girls was 40 to 15 in 1873; the dif ference now is only seven per cent. The attendance at the various com mercial and industrial schools was as follows: In 1901, 3G.000; in 1902, 95.- 00 —i. e., only 2,000 less than the num ber in the intermediate 'schools. The university for women held its com mencement exercises recently, 86 graduates receiving the so-called academy diploma and 132 the uni versity diploma. Of those receiving the university diploma 73 had studied housekeeping. 45 national literature, and 14 belonged to the “English” fac ulty. This university was founded for the purpose of educating women to be good wives and mothers. BATTLEFIELD TELEGRAPHY. Communication Kept. Up Between Divisions Even While on the Move. Field telegraphs for use in military operations have been open to the ob jection that a cumbersome apparatus has been required to lay the cab>e, the insulated wires being wound upon a large drum and slowly paid oue as the carrying w r agcn advanced. Capt. Edward Molineux, of the East Indian service, has perfected a device for laying a very fine cable from horseback, and in practice marches it has been found possible to keep in telegraphic communication with othei divisions even while cn the move. The wire can be paid out while the mount proceeds at a hard gallop, and may be reeled in again as rapidly as it was paid out. Wireless devices are coming rapidly into use ,but there are many features to be overcome before such appliances will be found thoroughly, practicable; and meanwhile this ingenious inven tion will serve many valuable ends. Took Nothing with Him. Hicks —Well, I see old Goldrox has lost every dollar he had in the world. Wicks —Incredible! What was it, failure? “Yes, heart failure. He died this morning.”—Catholic Standard and Times. Species of Roses. The number of roses seems to be enormous. Prof. M. Gandover enumer ated 798 species in Europe, the Orient and the Mediterranean basin, two years later adding 95 as new discover ies in France alone! NUMBER 29. CROWDED HALLS OF FAME. Hard to Find Room in Some for the Remains of Later-Day Celebrities. Westminster Abbey has been adorned with the monuments of so many British statesmen and heroes that when anew memorial is to be placed there it is necessary to re move an old one, says Youth’s Com panion. Now that a site is desired for & monument to the late Ix>rd Salisbury, it is proposed to- take away a large monument to Capt. James Cornewall, a naval officer of so little present consequence that his name appears in none of the ordinary books of reference, however notable he may have been considered when he was killed in the battle of Toulon. If a choice has to be made, few w'ould hes itate in choosing between Lord Salis bury and Capt. Cornewall. There is no building on this conti nent that corresponds in any sense to the abbey, and if there were, the country is too young to have produced great men enough to raise any ques' tion of excluding others, on the ground of a lack of room for them. It is true that we have a hall of fame, but that is really little more than an elab orately framed blackboard on which the names of the great are to be in scribed. The hall of statuary in the national capitol is intended to contain a def initely limited number cf monuments to the noted men of each state. Me morials in churches are usually con fined to members of the parish. That is true of Westminster Abbey if one regards its parish as including the whole English-speaking world. Rome and Paris each has a pan theon. in which the eminent Italian and French are respectively honored. The Roman pantheon, however, is an old temple, originally dedicated to the worship of Jupiter, and since trans formed into a Christian church. It is older than England’s abbey, and its roof covers the dust of Raphael and other great Italians. Valuable Beetle. In Central America the most re markable gold beetles in the world are found. The head and wing-cases are brilliantly polished with a luster as of gold itself. To sight and touch they have all the seeming of metal. Oddly enough, another species from the same region has the appearance of being wrought in solid silver, freshly bur nished. These gold and silver beetles have a market value. They are worth from $25 to SSO each. Tip Turned Down. A resident of a London suburb who thought he had a sure tip on the race for the Stewards cup, turned in a fire alarm so that he might communicate the good news to as many of his neigh bors as possible. But the officers of the fire department were not sporty and turned him over to the police. , Sheep Bear Burdens. Mountain sheep are employed as beasts of burden in some of the ranges of the Himalayas. The animal car ries from 17 to 25 pounds, and lives entirely on wayside herbage.